• 27-FEB-2013

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Tobacco Industry: the European Parliament Wants to Revise the Tobacco Legislation

On February 26, the European Parliament hosted a public hearing on tobacco products, gathering Members of the European Parliament as well as experts, business and civil society representatives, to talk about the new proposed tobacco directive.

Health diseases related to the smoking of tobacco haven't stopped increasing these past few years, as Jean King director of Tobacco Control, underlines:
"Unfortunately we are still seeing a rise in the cancers associated with smoking, and especially amongst women because we are getting the effects of smoking increases twenty years ago. So what we are trying to do is to prevent another generation of children becoming hooked on cigarettes and suffering those cancers."

Being often censured, the tobacco industry has found new ways of commercialising its products, especially through its cigarettes' packaging.

Larger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on flavourings such as menthol are included in the new proposed tobacco directive. (© European Union, [2013] – Source: European Parliament)

Linda McAvan, (S&D MEP, UK) underlines these new proposals: "The European Commission is proposing that at least 75% of the package should be covered in pictorial warnings, some countries already do this in the European Union, some do not. Their proposal is that it should be mandatory."

This proposal to revise the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive focuses on smokeless tobacco products, packaging and labelling, ingredients/additives, cross-border distance sales and traceability and security issues. It also aims to harmonise the implementation of international obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). (© European Union, [2013] – Source: European Parliament)